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The ancestry of the name Rooker dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Rock found in the various locations that existed in Worcestershire, Devon and also in Northumberland.The surname also has topographic origins in that it describes the area where the original bearers lived. In this case they lived at some residence near a large boulder or rock face.

Rooker Early Origins



The surname Rooker was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Rooker Spelling Variations


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Rooker Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Rooker have been found, including Rock, Rocks, Roch, Rocke, Rocker, Rooker, Rucker and others.

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Rooker Early History


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Rooker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rooker research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rooker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rooker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rooker Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rooker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rooker In Ireland


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Rooker In Ireland



Some of the Rooker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Rooker, or a variant listed above:

Rooker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Rooker, who arrived in Maryland in 1672

Rooker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James E Rooker, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • M A Rooker, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rooker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rooker (post 1700)



  • Michael Rooker (b. 1955), American actor, best known for his roles as Henry in "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer," and Merle Dixon in "The Walking Dead"
  • James Phillip "Jim" Rooker (b. 1942), American Major League Baseball player and broadcaster
  • Jim Rooker, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 4th District, 2000
  • Thomas Newberry Rooker (1815-1898), American Printer and Inventor with the New York Tribune
  • Edward Rooker (1712-1774), English engraver, draughtsman and actor, father of Angleo Rooker
  • Michael "Angelo" Rooker (1746-1801), English oil and watercolour landscape painter, illustrator and engraver
  • Jeffrey William "Jeff" Rooker (b. 1941), Baron Rooker, British politician, Minister of State for Sustainable Food, Farming and Animal Health (2006-2008), Minister of State for Asylum and Immigration (2001-2002)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Rooker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rooker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 20 October 2015 at 11:59.

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